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A 10W BaoFeng! Reviewing the UV-S9 Plus + REAL POWER Test | Baofeng Ham Radio

4 May, 2021 - Reading time: 2 minutes

The Baofeng UV-S9 Plus is a 10W (also 8W depending on what website you read) handheld dual band radio that transmits on the 2m and 70cm ham radio bands as well as FM receive functionality.

In this video I do a review and show what you get for your money plus a REAL power output test to see if the claimed 10W is true, or more Baofeng seller hype!

Buy the Baofeng UV-S9 Plus: eBay: https://ebay.us/kDQONZ Amazon: https://amzn.to/3u5qJhC



I also recommend you check out the UV-5R III Triband:

eBay: https://ebay.us/CPiCYU

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3t0jru4

CQ DX from Casey Station, Antarctica - An Interview with Paul VK0PD

17 April, 2021 - Reading time: 2 minutes

Ever wondered what it's like to run portable from Antarctica? Paul VK0PD has been operating a amateur radio station from Casey Station since March 2021. In this video I catch up with Paul and discuss what it's like to operate in such harsh environments, the DX contacts he's enjoyed so far and what his interests are in ham radio.

VKFF-0571 is also a qualifying WWFF park at Casey Station which has become a rarity for those chasing and Paul using VK0PD is activating this where he can.

Follow Paul's activations and sked information:



Transmitting live television from high altitude via amateur radio!

6 March, 2021 - Reading time: 2 minutes

Transmitting television - live from up to 100,000 feet, will it work?

Check out our live stream right here as Mark VK5QI and the members of the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group (AREG) launch a

high altitude balloon with a digital amateur radio television transmitter as a payload.

For more information on the launch and technical bits, check out the presentation done by Mark VK5QI here:

The launch is scheduled for Sunday March 7th 2021 at 10am ACDT

Saturday 6th March 2021, 23:30 UTC.

Some notes about the launch:

This may or may not work - please be patient. The stream may also be delayed in starting depending on local launch conditions and weather.

Please drop in, leave a comment in the live chat or comments. Check out https://www.areg.org.au/ for more info closer to launch date.

Amateur Radio to be free in VK - But what's the catch?

3 February, 2021 - Reading time: 5 minutes

The Australian Communications and Media Authority -  @acmadotgov  have released their review on the regulatory arrangements that authorise the operation of non-assigned amateur stations.

The objective of our review is to identify the best licensing mechanism that reduces regulatory burden and minimises costs for licensees, while also preserving the current operational utility for licensees.

A new proposal to make amateur radio operators fall under a class license has been proposed. In this video I go over those changes. What is your view? Please let me know in the comments below, and don't forget to make a submission to the ACMA.

For more information:

Review of non-assigned amateur and outpost regulatory arrangements – consultation 01/2021


Apparatus Licences


Class Licences


VK3YE  Videos on the changes

No annual fees for Aussie ham radio? A look at ACMA's licensing proposal (Part 1). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVHhE528Nag

No annual fees for Aussie Ham Radio? A look at ACMA's licensing proposal (Part 2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoIZir_mHH0

Proof that Ham Radio Operators are Crazy!

19 January, 2021 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Ever wondered what ham radio operators do when they go portable? Well one of the things is brave the elements. That's exactly what we did when we went out for the annual VHF/UHF "summer" Field Day weekend held on January 16th & 17th 2021. The things we do for ham radio... 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️